This 12-hour, two-day workshop is designed for anyone who wants to develop a better understanding of how to help those who are dealing with loss and grief. It may be of special benefit to those who work in hospice, counselling, healthcare and social services. 

Those who take this training have the option to move into the role of a Facilitator with the LMGRS if interested. Please note: we cannot provide CEU’s.

Program Objectives

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of the grieving process
  • Develop skills of how to support the bereaved – individually and in groups
  • Learn various grief management models
  • Understand the different kinds of losses
  • Increase awareness of disenfranchised and complicated grief

Instructors / Facilitators

Chris Newell has been in the area of transition and loss since 1999. She worked with an award-winning program for over 12 years which helped people manage the multiple effects of job loss find a sense of purpose and confidence to secure a new career.

Since 2008 she has been a Facilitator/Educator with the LMGRS and has been involved at the board level for the last 10 years. Presently she now holds the position of Facilitator Liaison and was President from 2015 – 2022.

As a Grief Educator, Dr. Catherine Hajnal facilitates an understanding of loss and the process of grieving.  As an advocate for healthy grieving, she brings awareness to the ways in which society disenfranchises grievers.  She is passionate about the transformative potential of loss. Her doctorate (1997) explored the connection between health and the design of work.  She has been involved with health, well-being, and empowerment ever since. Catherine has been a Facilitator/Educator with LMGRS since 2014 and is a Past Board Member as Facilitator Liaison.

Our 2024 Grief Education Workshop (GEW) will be held:

Friday Oct 18th and Saturday Oct 19th from 9:00am – 4:00pm in Downtown Vancouver at Georgia St. & Burrard St.

Fee is $500. Pay in full or pay a $200 deposit with the balance due September 20, 2024.

Registration is open May 1, 2024. If you are interested, please contact us at:           

*Please note as we do not have a dedicated receptionist, the best way to reach us is by email: Please allow 24 hours for a response by email, and three business days for us to reach you by phone.


We know that everyone is going to experience a loss at some point in their lives; therefore we are dedicated to providing customized information and education to  organizations and agencies about how to manage loss and the subsequent grief.

We also know how important it is for people in different professional settings – especially those who deal on the front end with loss and grief  – to have the skills and confidence to help others effectively.

We have delivered workshops (full day) and presentations (2 hours) to organizations including senior care facilities, community centres, health organizations, and emergency responders.

If you would like more information about our customized workshops and presentations, please email us at: